July 17, 2010 |
Reporting from St. Andrews, Scotland — Somewhere, U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin had to be doing at least occasional look-ins on the progress at St. Andrews. What he saw couldn't have made for an appetizing lunch. After leader Louis Oosthuizen came the names of Paul Casey and Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Henrik Stenson and young Alejandro Canizares. All Europeans. No Woods. No Mickelson. No Stricker. At one point, there was only one American among the first 12 names on the Open leaderboard.
June 17, 2010 |
Reporting from Pebble Beach — This was opening day at the 110th U.S. Open in a clamshell: Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, who have combined for 18 majors, failed to card a birdie — but someone named Brendon De Jonge landed an eagle. Professional Geoff Ogilvy (eight over par) played like an amateur and amateur Hudson Swafford played like a real pro for 16 holes, going one under making double-quadruple on his last two holes. John Rollins held the top spot on the leaderboard at one point, and so did Cabrera.
April 3, 2010 |
If past success in big tournaments has anything to do with predicting success on the weekend of a major championship, then good luck handicapping the field at the midway point of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. The top eight players after two rounds have a combined 13 major titles, which seemingly sets up a weekend clash of women's golf heavyweights at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Unheralded South Korean Song-Hee Kim has the midway lead after her four-under 68 Friday in the second round gave her a two-day total of seven-under 137, but lined up just behind her is a parade of past major champions.
April 2, 2010 |
If past success in big tournaments has anything to do with predicting success on the weekend of a major championship, then good luck handicapping the field at the midway point of Kraft Nabisco Championship. The top eight players after two rounds have a combined 13 major titles, which seemingly sets up a weekend clash of women's golf heavyweights at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Unheralded South Korean Song-Hee Kim has the midway lead after her four-under-par 68 today during the second round gave her a two-day total of seven-under 137, but lined up just behind her is a parade of past major champions poised to pounce.
September 12, 2009 |
Tiger Woods and Mark Wilson were in a tie for the lead Friday at the BMW Championship, two players who have every reason to feel right at home at Cog Hill in Lemont, Ill. One practices on the course all the time. The other seems to win on the course all the time. Woods made two solid par saves from deep bunkers early in his round, ran off three straight birdies at the turn and cashed in on enough good shots for a four-under-par 67 to put him atop the leaderboard for the first time since the PGA Championship.
June 23, 2009 |
A look at how Lucas Glover held on to win the U.S. Open on Monday . . . and what Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes did to finish in a three-way tie for second, two shots behind the champion. LUCAS GLOVER He had three bogeys on the front nine, but Glover never lost the lead in the final 12 holes. He made only one birdie, and it was timed perfectly.
May 10, 2009 |
Asked what he would work on after his erratic third round, Tiger Woods replied: "My appetite. I'm going to go eat." At that point, Woods was tied for ninth at the Players Championship. By the time his entree would have arrived, Woods was seventh. And during dessert, he rocketed up the leaderboard into a tie for second.
April 19, 2009 |
Brian Gay moved a round closer to the second PGA Tour victory of his career, shooting a four-under-par 67 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead over Tim Wilkinson in the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head Island, S.C. Gay has made only one bogey at Harbour Town Golf Links and missed only five of its narrow, tree-lined fairways through three rounds to stand at 13 under. Wilkinson, a left-hander from New Zealand seeking his first tour victory, finished with a 65, tied for the low third-round score.
March 14, 2008 |
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Many of this week's players at the Arnold Palmer Invitational have looked on tirelessly for years as Tiger Woods blazed through the golf trails that were supposed to be theirs. Fred Couples won in an era when anyone with a textbook swing, touch around the greens and an attitude could join the winning conversation. Here's to the first round, which sort of felt like the '80s and early '90s. While Woods scrambled his way to an even-par 70 with erratic iron play, 48-year-old Couples on Thursday surged to a tie for first at five under with J.J. Henry, who's 16 years younger.
February 9, 2008 |
PEBBLE BEACH -- The burgeoning future of golf meets the expanding waistline of golf? That would be the junction of heralded 20-year-old Jason Day and the anti-diet called Tim Herron, the man who proudly carries the nickname Lumpy. And on Friday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, they each wrapped themselves in their formidable reputations. "Who knows what can happen?" Day said.